Identities and social Roles of women in military settlements in the Roman west

Authored by: Elizabeth M. Greene

Women in Antiquity

Print publication date:  August  2016
Online publication date:  August  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138808362
eBook ISBN: 9781315621425
Adobe ISBN: 9781317219910

10.4324/9781315621425.ch68

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Abstract

Since the 1990s it has become increasingly clear that women were a significant part of military communities around the Roman Empire well before the military was settled and monitoring somewhat peaceful frontiers. Evidence from Roman military forts reveals the presence of women and children during the first and second centuries ad, precisely the years during which there was a ban on legal marriage for serving soldiers. 1 The presence of women in these very masculine spaces has been contested in the past because of the prohibition on marriage. This picture is patently false and scholars now seek to correct ideas about life in the imperial Roman army.

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